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Cycle Touring in France, Europe - a Cicerone guidebook

Cover of Cycle Touring in France
15 Feb 2010
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.7cm
1st Published
27 Jun 2006
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Cycle Touring in France

Eight selected cycle tours

by Stephen Fox
Book published by Cicerone Press

Guidebook for 8 cycle tours of between 1 and 2 weeks duration exploring France's diverse landscapes and superb scenery. Suitable for most levels of ability and experience, the routes are in some of the most picturesque parts of Brittany, Picardy, Alsace, Auvergne/Languedoc, Provence, Dordogne/Lot, the Alps and the Pyrenees.

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Cycle Touring in France concentrates on eight selected one- or two-week bicycle tours which endeavour to offer cyclists of all levels a taste of France’s diverse landscapes and superb scenery.

From rugged mountain ranges to vast, variegated patchworks of farmland, from beautiful, tranquil forests full of wildlife to high, remote, sweeping plains, from deep, snaking gorges to gentle valley slopes covered with vineyards, France is undoubtedly one of the most inviting countries in the world for cycle touring, a country understandably proud of hosting the greatest cycle race on Earth, the Tour de France. Peppered with hundreds of charming villages that time seems to have forgotten, here you will encounter friendly people, sample fine wines and enjoy exquisite, regional cuisines.

Covering some of the most picturesque parts of Brittany, Picardy, Alsace, Auvergne/Languedoc, Provence, Dordogne/Lot, the Alps and Pyrenees, the tours in this guide are accompanied by detailed route descriptions and maps, lists of campsites, bed and breakfasts and hotels, airport and rail connections, and practical information including tips on when to go and what to take, transporting your bicycle and being prepared for carrying out bicycle repairs on the road.

  • Seasons
    Late spring to early autumn recommended. Summer hot, mostly dry. Winters can be cold, with snow.
  • Centres
    Paris, Strasbourg, Geneva, Arles, Brest, Toulouse.
  • Difficulty
    All levels. Routes (209km–354km) divided into daily stages. Range from low-level rides to high mountain climbs.
  • Must See
    Rugged Brittany coast, Gorges du Tarn, Tour de France routes, Dordogne villages, Alsace Wine Road, lavender fields of Provence.

August 2013

The length of Tour 7 day 4 is 80km not rather than 69.

November 2007

The Eurostar terminal in London is now at St. Pancras International, not Waterloo, and there is also a new station in Kent, Ebbsfleet. For train information and to book tickets go to


Which Route and When To Go
A Short History
Getting There
Bicycles on Trains in France
Passports, Visas, Health and Insurance
Money, Banks and Payphones
Public Holidays
French Food and Wine
The Tour de France
About the Bike
What to Take
How to Use this Guide
Cycle Tours
Route 1 Finistère, ‘The End of the World’: Brittany
Stage 1 Morlaix to Le Folgoët/Lesneven
Stage 2 Le Folgoët/Lesneven to Lanildut
Stage 3 Lanildut to Brest
Stage 4 Brest to Le Faou
Stage 5 Le Faou to Huelgoat
Stage 6 Huelgoat to Morlaix
Route 2 Champagne and The Kings' Forest: The Marne Valley and Picardy
Stage 1 Aeroport Paris CDG to Charly-sur-Marne
Stage 2 Charly-sur-Marne to Dormans
Stage 3 Dormans to Villers-Cotterêts
Stage 4 Villers-Cotterêts to Pierrefonds
Stage 5 Pierrefonds to Compiègne and back
Route 3 The Wine Road and Bas-Rhin: Alsace
Stage 1 Colmar to Barr
Stage 2 Barr to Saverne
Stage 3 Saverne to Niederbronn-les-Bains
Stage 4 Niederbronn-les-Bains to Haguenau
Route 4 An Alpine Experience: Geneva to Grenoble
Stage 1 Geneva to St Jean-de-Sixt
Stage 2 St Jean-de-Sixt to Albertville
Stage 3 Albertville to St Jean-de-Maurienne
Stage 4 St Jean-de-Maurienne to Le Bourg d'Oisans
Stage 5 Le Bourg d'Oisans to Alpe d'Huez and back
Stage 6 Le Bourg d'Oisans to Grenoble
Route 5 The Land of Lavender: Provence
Stage 1 Arles to Cavaillon
Stage 2 Cavaillon to Caromb
Stage 3 Caromb to Buis-les-Baronnies
Stage 4 Buis-les-Baronnies to Sault
Stage 5 Sault to Mont Ventoux and back
Stage 6 Sault to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Route 6 Meadows and Mountains: Pyrénées
Stage 1 Foix to St Girons
Stage 2 St Girons to St Bertrand-de-Comminges
Stage 3 St Bertrand-de-Comminges to Arreau
Stage 4 Arreau to Bagnères-de-Bigorre
Stage 5 Bagnères-de-Bigorre to Argelès-Gazost
Stage 6 Argelès-Gazost to the Col d'Aubisque and back, then Lourdes
Route 7 Rivers and Castles: Dordogne and Lot
Stage 1 Brive-la-Gaillarde to St Céré
Stage 2 St Céré to Figeac
Stage 3 Figeac to Cahors
Stage 4 Carhors to Monpazier
Stage 5 Monpazier to La Roque-Gageac
Stage 6 La Roque-Gageac to Souillac
Route 8 Rugged and Remote: Auvergne and Languedoc
Stage 1 Meymac to Riom-ès-Montagnes
Stage 2 Riom-ès-Montagnes to St Flour
Stage 3 St Flour to Marvejols
Stage 4 Marvejols to Florac
Stage 5 Florac to Alès
Appendix A Glossary: Bicycle Parts and Other Useful Cycling Terms
Appendix B Accommodation
Appendix C Further Reading
Appendix D Regional Specialities and Wines of France
Appendix E Information Centres
Appendix F Embassies and Consulates
Appendix G Summary Table
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